Arsenal transfers: Virgil van Dijk predicts Celtic stay

Virgin van Dijk reveals interest from a number of clubs

Virgil van Dijk says he expects to stay at Celtic despite reported interest from the Premier League.

The Netherlands Under-21 international has been linked with top-four chasing Arsenal and Southampton, as well as strugglers Sunderland, in recent weeks.

Celtic manager Ronny Delia has regularly played down talk of the highly rated centre-half leaving the Scottish champions despite transfer speculation surrounding his star.

Van Dijk, who helped Celtic beat bitter rivals Rangers 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup at the weekend, reckons he will be at Parkhead beyond 2 February deadline.

“Interest is fine, it’s always good to have people watching you,” Van Dijk is quoted as saying by Daily Star.

“But I can do nothing with interest and it looks like Celtic don’t want to sell me so it looks like I’m staying here.

“I’m happy here of course because Celtic is an amazing club and I love being here.”

The 23-year-old has scored 12 goals in 83 appearances in all competitions following his £2.6m move from Groningen to the Hoops in June 2013.

The Celtic defender was previously linked with a move to Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United earlier this season.

Van Dijk, who has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current Celtic contract, is yet to make an appearance for the Netherlands senior side.

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